XPS study of the bonding properties of lanthanum oxide/silicon interface with a trace amount of nitrogen incorporation

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


Recently, both electrical and material properties of lanthanum oxide (La2 O3) have been found to significantly improve with a trace amount of nitrogen doping. This work conducted a detailed investigation on the nitrogen incorporation at the La2 O3 /Si interface by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and capacitance-voltage measurements. The process-dependent chemical bonding structures of Si, O, and La atoms at the interface were studied in detail. For samples annealed at 500°C and above, the interfacial metallic La-Si bonds were converted into La-N bonds, and some Si-O bonds were found at the interface. These effects resulted in a significant reduction in the interface trap density. The bulk properties of La2 O3 were also improved with the proposed technique as a result of the filling of oxygen vacancies with nitrogen atoms. © 2009 The Electrochemical Society.